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Stingray Special: Ridiculously Good!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Feb 9, 2019.


  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis






    In the past, I owned Stingrays and I always loved the sound. These new Stingray Specials take them to the point they are head shoulders of any production bass I have ever played. The video above was cut short by a phone call, but seriously, this bass is put together and responds better than any factory bass I have ever handled.

    I added a few videos that recorded after choir rehearsal and doing Father stuff.
     
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  2. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump

    Jul 17, 2004
    I know !! Preaching to the choir here. I tried one and returned a Fender Elite Jazz 5 and ordered a Stingray5 Special HH. It does the Jazz , Stingray, Sabre, and P thing quite well. Plus some other useable tones.

    IMHO other factory is building at the quality of Ernie Ball right now.
    Like you’ve said yourself .... boutique quality . My Stingray Special and Caprice are worth every penny. The necks are fabulous.
     
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  3. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    Maybe it’s just me but I’d at some point like the good @Dr. Cheese to start a thread about the basses he doesn’t like. :thumbsup:
     
  4. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump

    Jul 17, 2004
    I’m eagerly awaiting your video review once you encounter a 5HH. I already know the string spacing isn’t ideal for you but I think you will find everything else quite pleasing .
     
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  5. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump

    Jul 17, 2004
    Yep. It’s just you .:smug:
    Remember the mods won’t allow it.
     
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  6. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    Calling a bass ugly is not allowed. Posting a video about a bass with a negative opinion about the feel, quality or sound is perfectly fine.
     
  7. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Talking about Basses I don’ t like simply opens up a can of worms with the people that do like them.
     
  8. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    Understandable. I was just hoping for a more Consumer Reports type thread than Bass Player mag gear review.
     
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  9. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I have a YouTube channel. If my following gets big enough, I may write more detailed reviews there.
     
  10. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    I don’t need another bass, but If I did a MM would be a welcome addition! drooldrooldrool
     
  11. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I had an HH when they were new. It was an incredibly good sounding bass that weighed about 12 pounds.
     
  12. HD007

    HD007 Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2018
    Another choir member here.

    Still marveling at the Special’s overall quality, ergonomics, and wealth of sounds some six months on.
     
  13. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump

    Jul 17, 2004
    These new Specials are much lighter . I have yet to see a 5 over 10lbs
     
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  14. Jscriv

    Jscriv

    Feb 3, 2017
    I'm currently battling with buying one of these, a Caprice, or a new jazz bass. Once I get this binding issue squared away on my 4003 it'll be out trying to lure a trade to narrow down which two I'm gonna have to buy
     
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  15. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump

    Jul 17, 2004
    As you can see from my avatar, my suggestion is by the Special5 HH id you need a 5 and buy a Caprice if you want a nice passive 4 that can do a great P and a great Jazz .
     
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  16. thumbs&fingers

    thumbs&fingers Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Illinois
    They are good, as posted on the ebmm SR special thread. I never cared for previous models................ended up with two of these specials.
     
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  17. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump

    Jul 17, 2004
    It was voted bass of the year ....... I’m just saying. I don’t say it often but in this case, yes, believe the hype!!
     
  18. Jscriv

    Jscriv

    Feb 3, 2017
    I'm not a big 5er guy. I have a five with a high C opposed to a low E. Been toying with the idea of another with a low B but will probably go with something in the lower range. Id want one of these in 4HH copper dropper roasted maple.....and the Caprice well they're just so rad for a passive bass. Played one at the EBMM tent at warped tour and it was heaven


    Your 5 is gorgeous.

    Edit: I'm not a good minimalist....
     
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  19. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Texas
    It's still the best instrument I have played or owned.
     
  20. bdplaid

    bdplaid Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2007
    I have a 4HH and love it. Also not a Stingray fan, of those with single pickups. It always sounded like a pre-amped bridge pickup to me, not enough "oomph." But the new Specials are indeed that. It's all different yet the same, and all better. The quality is off the charts for a production bass. And my 4HH is 8 lbs. :)
     

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